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The SZIFC offers numerous training opportunities throughout the year.  The following is sample of some of the courses we regularly offer. See our training calendar to find out when they are offered and to register and to find other classes not listed below. Please see National Wildfire Coordinating Group Training Page for complete qualification guide and more.

We also connect participants with advanced courses offered at the state and federal level. For more information on those opportunities, check out the Northern Rockies Training Center for a complete list or contact us for recommendations.    

Basic Wildland Firefighter Training S-130/190

A foundational course, covering skills essential to firefighting in a wildland setting, including an Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, an introduction to the Incident Command System, and Human Factors in Wildland Fire Service. Upon successful completion of this course, following a work capacity test (pack test) attendees will qualify to work on the fire line. 

All Hazard IMT Workshop

Geared toward All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT) this course offers updates on the status of AHIMTs in Montana as well as information on changes to the state program and lessons learned from the previous year. It includes a progressive exercise, and is appropriate for AHIMT members and trainees. See Montana AHIMT for additional training opportunities. 

Initial Attack Incident Commander Training S-200

This course is designed to meet the training needs of the Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4), and includes six instructional units: Intelligence Gathering and Documentation, Size Up the Incident, Develop a Plan of Action, Post-fire Activities, Evaluating Incident Objectives, and Manage the Incident. Evaluation of the student is based on unit tests and performance-based evaluations.

Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface S-215

For structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvement s in the wildland-urban interface. Units include Interface Awareness, Size Up, Initial Strategy and Incident Action Plan, Structure Triage, Structure Protection Tactics, Incident Action Plan Assessment and Update, Follow-up and Public Relations, and Firefighter Safety in the Interface.

Crew Boss and Engine Boss S-230/231

For students wanting to learn the performance of duties associated with the single resource boss position from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit. After successful completion, students will be able to operate at the Engine Boss and Crew Boss Levels.

Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior S-290

This course is to prepare the future Firefighter Type 1 for safe and effective fire management operations. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to recognize how fuels, weather, and topography affect fire behavior. These are much-needed tools to build and maintain effective fire fighting skills.

Wildland Fire Saw Training S-212

Instruction on the use, maintenance, and tactical fire applications of chain saws for wildland firefighting. In this entry-level course, participants will be given experience using a chain saw in a fireline setting. Participants are required to have Wildland Firefighter Training  as well as basic first aid and CPR training. 

Incident Command I-300

This course provides instruction on the ICS organization and operations on expanding or type 3 incidents. This course was developed in conjunction with the USFA and the EMI. These courses are built on the same lesson objectives and content as the NWCG I-300 course and are interchangeable; they are all NIMS compliant.

Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff I-400

This course directs students towards an operational understanding of large single-agency and complex multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional incident responses. This course was developed in conjunction with the USFA and EMI. These courses are built on the same lesson objectives and content as the NWCG I-400 course and are interchangeable; they are all NIMS compliant.

CAT Camp

An incident management team training exercise designed to provide local government fire forces a realistic, live-fire training exercise in wildland fire command and control. Participants respond and train in an incident fire camp setting. See Montana DNRC CAT Incident Management for more information on the program.  


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